Three down, one to go; tourney concludes tonight
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Wednesday night, the elementary girls' basketball players put the third night of their tournament in the books, leaving just one more night of competition tonight at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Fans and parents who came out to watch Wednesday's games were treated to a variety of styles from shootouts to low-scoring defensive affairs.
In the first game in the fourth- and fifth-grade division, Kate Horner set the pace for the Celtics with 16 points en route to a 20-4 victory over the Lakers.
Abby Gemmel and Hannah Wittenburg also contributed to the winning cause with two points apiece.
Jordan Fetterman and Heather Stiles each had two points for the Lakers.
The defenses clamped down a bit in the second game, and the Knicks went on to defeat the Heat 12-6.
Cassidy Reed was the game's high-scorer with six points for the Knicks, and Gabby Franklin of the Heat scored four to come in right behind her.
Grace Aikens, Mallory Wyant and Hannah Stair each scored a pair for the Knicks, and Jordan Fetterman finished the Heat's scoring with two of her own.
In the final fourth- and fifth-grade contest of the evening, the defenses really turned it up a notch, and the Bulls needed a last-minute basket from Abby Gigliotti to earn a 5-4 victory over the 76ers.
Gigliotti added a free throw to boost her scoring total to three points to lead the game, and her teammate Kylee Shoemaker added two points.
Megan Ray and Sophie Wyant each scored two points for the 76ers.
In the first of the pair of sixth-grade contests, Penn State's defensive pressure was too much for Duke, and Kaitlyn Doverspike utilized the bank shot to pour in ten points and lead Penn State to a 22-8 win.
Alyse Whitman added six points for Penn State, while Toni Lisa and Elyse White chipped in with four and two, respectively.
Kally Graham led Duke with five points, and Taylor Covatch scored three.
In the evening's final game, Pitt and North Carolina met in a game that came down to the very end. North Carolina was able to overcome several close misses, though, to hold on for a 14-13 win.
Leah Miller led the scoring attack for North Carolina with 10 points, and Maci Raybuck and Toya Jones each pitched in with two.
Nikki Harper was a force in the paint, scoring eight points to lead Pitt.
Kylee Lingenfelter scored four points, and Jordyn Powell added a free throw to conclude the scoring.
Tonight's action is the last chance to see the elementary girls in action, and the opening tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. at Punxsutawney Area High School.